Delhi University Executive Council urges VC to amend the new syllabus

Two members of the Executive Council of Delhi University have written to DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh urging him to “revise” the structure of the new syllabus. He further claimed that it could undermine ‘academic rigor’. The new curriculum will be implemented from the academic year 2022-23.

In February, the DU Executive Council approved an Undergraduate Curriculum Framework-2022, or, UGCF-2022, framed by a National Education Policy (NEP 2020). A section of teachers has opposed the proposed structure of UGCF.

In a letter to the VC, two members of the Election Commission – Seema Das and Rajpal Singh Pawar – argued that the UGCF has been created ‘disgruntled’ by an ‘extra-statutory’ body – the NEP cell.

“The University of Delhi has been a premier institution, widely acclaimed for its high standard of teaching, learning and research. However, based on the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Undergraduate Curriculum Framework (UGCF) 2022 has been introduced as an extra- Created randomly by the statutory body, i.e. NEP cell, thereby reducing academic rigor,” the letter read.

According to him, the new curriculum will lead to large-scale displacement of teachers, especially teachers employed on an ad-hoc basis.

“As per the authentic information, the student-teacher ratio is being doubled as compared to the present student-teacher ratio by the UGC and hence, Delhi University. This will lead to a drastic reduction in the workload, leading to large scale displacement of teachers, especially those working in ad-hoc capacity,” the letter further stated.

“The overall weightage of core papers in CBCS/LOCF (Choice Based Credit System/Learning Outcome Based Curriculum Framework) is 70-75%, but in the current UGCF 2022, it is only 45-50%. This will reduce the workload,” he said.

The letter argued that reducing total credits from 196 to 176 in four years and from 148 to 132 in three years would result in a significant reduction in workload.

The members also noted that NEP’s Multi Entry-Exit System (MEES) and Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) ‘established a fluctuating workload and roster’. According to him, MEES would hinder the implementation of the constitutionally mandated provisions of reservation for SC/ST/OBC/EWS in teaching jobs.

“With the removal of English as an option from AEC or Ability Enhancement courses and as a compulsory language core in BA and BCom, the workload of English departments in colleges will be significantly reduced,” he said.

With inputs from PTI.

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